Further reading links to supplement your studies.
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- The book by Dorling and Fairbairn (1997) is now dated but is still probably the single most accessible overview aimed at the undergraduate student, integrating critical and scientific approaches to how maps work as images.
Dorling, D. and Fairbairn, D. (1997) Mapping: Ways of Representing the World. Harlow: Longman.
- More challenging chapters brought together in Harley (2001) or in Dodge et al. (2011) explore the many roles played by the medium and establish the changing social context of the history of cartography.
Harley, J.B. (2001) The New Nature of Mapping. Baltimore, MD: Johns Hopkins University Press.
Dodge, M. Kitchin, R. and Perkins, C. (eds) (2011) The Map Reader. Chichester: Wiley.
- Parry and Perkins (2000) is still the best printed source about published map availability, providing vital publication details and contacts, but is increasingly being superceded by web sources.
Parry, R.B. and Perkins, C.R. (2000) World Mapping Today (2nd edn). London: Bowker Saur.
- The most useful introduction to the practical issues in map design and production are Brewer (2005), Dent et al. (2008), Krygier and Wood (2011) and Muehlenhaus (2013).
Brewer, C. (2005) Designing Better Maps: a Guide for GIS Users. Redlands: ESRI Press.
Dent, B.D., Torguson, J. and Hodler, T. (2008) Cartography: Thematic Map Design (6th edn). New York: McGraw Hill.
Krygier, J. and Wood, D. (2011) Making Maps: a Visual Guide to Map Design for GIS. Edition 2. New York: Guilford Press.
Muehlenhaus, I. (2013) Web Cartography: Map design for Interactive and Mobile Devices. CRC Press.
- The Cartographic Communication section of the Geographers Craft home page also offers useful practical advice on a wide range of map-design issues.